Resources to Assist Tribal Nations During a Government Shutdown

USET/USET SPF is quickly compiling information that will provide assistance and resources to Tribal Nations during a government shutdown. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Key Points of Contact

Calls and Webinars

What is a government shutdown?

Many federal government agencies and programs rely on annual funding appropriations passed by Congress. Every year, Congress must pass and the President must sign budget legislation for the next fiscal year, consisting of 12 appropriations bills, one for each Appropriations subcommittee. Congress has not yet enacted any of the 12 bills for FY 2024 that make up the discretionary spending budget. In a “shutdown,” federal agencies must discontinue all non-essential discretionary functions until new funding legislation is passed and signed into law. Essential services continue to function, as do mandatory spending programs. - Excerpt from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget | Government Shutdowns Q&A: Everything You Should Know (September 5, 2023)


Indian Health Service operations will continue in the event of a government shutdown thanks to the advance appropriation for the agency enacted as a part of FY23 appropriations.











Key Points of Contact:

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Regional Directors

Bureau of Indian Education

Bureau of Trust Funds Administration



Calls and Webinars:


  • September 29 at 4:00 pm Eastern | BIA Tribal Leader Call on Potential October 2023 Lapse in Appropriations | Register on Zoom
  • September 29 at 3:30 pm Eastern | White House Tribal Briefing on Potential Government Shutdown | Register on Zoom
  • September 28 at 2:30 pm Eastern |White House Call: How a Government Shutdown Could Impact your Community | Register on Zoom